Who are we?
The Flats in Luxor Group
is owned by
Originally an Anglo/Egyptian couple who established Flats In Luxor in 2003. Jane had to retire in 2018 but Mahmoud is carrying on
Why not visit the other Flats in Luxor Group websites:
- Holiday rentals and long term stays for Egyptologists: www.flatsinluxor.co.uk and www.flatsinluxor.com
- River Nile Cruises by sail: www.sailthenile.com
- Eco and Disabled Friendly Hotel: www.nubian-eco-village.com
- Egypt Property for Sale: www.egyptpropertyforsale.co.uk
- Hidden Luxor the ultimate guide to Luxor www.hiddenluxor.com
- The Flats in Luxor Network www.flatsinluxor.net
Jane is the English half of the partnership with a love of Egypt going back further than she cares to admit 🙂 . A regular visitor to Egypt since 1979, she made the move out to Egypt in 2003. She has now retired and left the business in Mahmoud’s hands
A keen Egyptologist she has written a highly popular guide book about Luxor, Hidden Luxor, detailing the place tourists often miss.
Mahmoud is the Egyptian half. A Luxor local, he has been guiding tourists and organising tours for many years. If he can’t fix it then he knows a man who can.
We understand that your holiday is your chance to relax so we will do all we can to make sure everything is hassle free. Anything we can do to help you make the most of the experience let us know. We hope you really enjoy yourself and become a regular visitor.
Jane Akshar was the author of the highly popular blog on Luxor, luxor-news.blogspot.com, where she keeps people up-to-date with finds, events and attractions in Luxor. Why not have a read before you come and get to know the happenings, town and the people of Luxor. She has also written extensively for Tour Egypt and you can find many of her articles online. She has also appeared in on TV and Media both Egyptian and foreign. You can find out more about her on www.janeakshar.com
- Nile Magazine
- A Place in the Sun
- Boston Globe
- Daily Telegraph
- Sunday Times
- EasyJet In-flight Magazine
- Monarch In-flight Magazine
- Trip Advisor
- Tour Egypt
- Responsible Travel
- Lonely Planet
- Rough Guide
- Planeta Sostenible
- Egyptian Cultural Heritage Organistion
Due to Jane’s increasing lack of mobility she has been looking into access at both at the historic sites and the apartments. She has run a successful campaign to get access at the temples which was inaugurated by Dr. Khaled Anany the Egyptian Minister of Antiquities and Moustafa Wasery Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities.
With several ground floor apartments we have been able to provide ramps for access, wet rooms and even our swimming pool at Goubli has an easy access. The al fresco restaurant in the Nubian Village Hotel is all ground level.
Flats in Luxor is Officially Green
In 2007, Jane went on holiday to Japan and found her holiday through Responsible Travel. When she read their ethos she thought this is exactly the sort of holiday I want. Then it occurred to her this exactly the sort of holiday we provide. Responsible Travel agreed and now we are officially green. Jane talks about this experience on video
Examples of our policy are
- Staff and subcontractors are all local
- Low energy bulbs and timed electricity in communal areas
- Local craftsmen used for building and fittings
- Food is local and organic
- Walking, cycling and donkey tours
- Introducing guests to real Egyptians and their life
Why go Local?
Jane and Mahmoud would encourage every visitor to Egypt to make their own arrangements with the local guides rather than use the big tour companies. If you use the tour companies none of your money goes to the local economy.
You get a much better price by going local as well.
The locals have had a double whammy of increased safety concerns and the new bridge across the Nile. This means fewer tourists and those that come are cocooned in tour buses and taken from hotel to site with no local contact.
Another advantage is that you can schedule your tour to avoid the hottest part of the day. Especially during the summer, wise tourists start their sightseeing really early e.g. 5 am and rest in the hottest part of the day.
You also get the chance of getting to know the local people and being invited to share their lives. Egyptians are a very friendly people. By being a good tourist (using a local guide and tipping well) you will end up having meals in local homes, meeting the women and children, being invited to weddings and parties and even sitting up late drinking beer and chatting.